December 24th, 2015
Dr. Sam Rizk was recently featured in Cosmetic Town discussing nasal bridge augmentation. Nasal bridge augmentation–or dorsal augmentation– can add dimension and give greater definition to a flat nose. Nasal bridge augmentation is a highly requested cosmetic nose modification, particularly among those of African-American and Asian descent. Although the procedure is closely associated with certain ethnicities, it is not population specific. Nasal bridge augmentation can be employed as a reconstructive or corrective measure following an accident or a surgical complication (that is, an undesired result from a previous rhinoplasty).
New York’s Dr. Sam Rizk, double board-certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), is considered one of the nation’s experts on nasal bridge augmentation. When surgically enhancing the nasal bridge, Dr. Rizk uses two main techniques, taking into consideration the quality and elasticity of the skin:
● Cartilage grafts. Cartilage is taken from other areas (the ears, for example) and transplanted to the bridge to give it structure and form. Dr. Rizk recommends the cartilage grafting for those with thin skin.
● Implants. Most commonly made of silicone, implants can be inserted to create a more proportioned nasal profile. Implants are permanent and suitable for those with thick skin.
For those who are not ready to undergo surgery, the nasal bridge can be built up and shaped using dermal fillers.
Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. In general, Dr. Rizk prefers to use the cartilage method. Because the patient’s own cartilage tissue is used, the chance of infection is reduced. However, cartilage can shrink and change shape over time. Implants, on the other hand, retain their shape, but carry a higher risk of infection. As the skin naturally ages, the implants may look less natural-looking. Although minimally-invasive injectables have a high appeal, they only offer a temporary cosmetic solution. To maintain results, the bridge will need to be retouched about twice a year.
A pioneer in endoscopic 3-D rhinoplasty and advanced cartilage sculpting techniques, Dr. Rizk has been ranked as a top rhinoplasty specialist by both his peers and Castle Connolly, a prestigious healthcare research company. If you would like more height and definition in the bridge of the nose, contact Dr. Rizk for a consultation. To read more about Dr. Rizk’s feature in Cosmetic Town here.
October 16th, 2015
July 31st, 2015
After a previous rhinoplasty, a 32 year old patient was unhappy with the asymmetrical pinched nasal tip of her nose causing difficulty breathing. The patient also has thin skin. Dr. Rizk performed a revision septorhinoplasty with cartilage grafts and fascia to soften the appearance of the nasal tip. Patient is shown a year after her revision procedure.
June 2nd, 2015
May 25th, 2015
April 13th, 2015
21 yo Mexican American female with dorsal bump and bulbous tip. Patient underwent open rhinoplasty for bump removal and conservative tip refinement. Patient is shown 1 year post rhinoplasty. Patient has thick tip skin and this is considered an ethnic rhinoplasty.
April 8th, 2015
Dr. Rizk was a lecturer and panelist in the Master Rhinoplasty section at the 8th Milano Masterclass
March 25th, 2015
Dr. Sam Rizk’s most recent venture to the 8th Milano Masterclass Expedition on Rhinoplasty proves that he is one of the top plastic surgeons in existence. In the Master Rhinoplasty session, he taught a crowd of junior surgeons the various technical aspects of a rhinoplasty, including never-before shared “secrets.” He also lead a group of panelists for the video section of the masterclass with videos about the lessons he’s learned from thousands of primary rhinoplasties. In the masterclass, he was one of the most skilled surgeons, having discussed his expertise in ethnic and middle eastern rhinoplasties. See the article here
March 13th, 2015
15 year teenage patient who underwent rhinoplasty to remove nasal bump from profile, refine nasal tip, and also fix a breathing issue secondary to a deviated nasal septum resulting from injury and difficulty breathing. Patient is shown 5 years postoperatively.
February 19th, 2015
This female ethnic rhinoplasty patient has always felt self-conscious about her large nose and nasal hump. After extensive research on the best rhinoplasty surgeon in New York City, Jennifer decided to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam Rizk at his Park Avenue private practice. Watch the video below to follow her nose job journey and see her results.
Este paciente rinoplastia étnica femenina siempre ha sentido acomplejado por su gran nariz y la joroba nasal. Después de una amplia investigación sobre el mejor cirujano rinoplastia en la ciudad de Nueva York, Jennifer decidió programar una consulta con el Dr. Sam Rizk en su práctica privada de Park Avenue. Mira el vídeo a continuación para seguir su viaje de nariz y ver sus resultados.
December 10th, 2014
This patient is 37 yo female who complained mainly about her profile. There is an imbalance between her nose and chin. She wanted a very conservative bump reduction. Nose was re-projected (brought closer to face), bump was reduced and tip was lifted slightly and a chin implant was also placed for facial balance. Postoperative pictures are shown at 1 year.
December 9th, 2014
The quest for the perfect selfie has led more and more people to request a nosejob. Reuters investigates this trend and asks Dr. Rizk for his professional opinion on the matter. Watch the video below to see more:
December 8th, 2014
September 2nd, 2014
June 23rd, 2014
For many people, having a rhinoplasty is the culmination of years of thought, research, and financial planning. Having come to the decision to undergo a nose job and locating a surgeon they like and trust, some nonetheless find themselves nervous and scared about undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is perfectly normal.
Preparing yourself mentally before surgery is an important part of the rhinoplasty process. Taking steps to lower stress, boost confidence, and calm nerves can make the experience much smoother. We’ve included five tried and true pre-surgery suggestions:
1. Relaxation Techniques
Prior to having rhinoplasty, many patients feel anxious. Stress and fear may lead to sleepless nights and irritability. Finding a way to feel calm is important for both mental and physical health. Some relaxation practices my patients have successfully used include:
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Tai Chi
Maintaining a positive mental attitude throughout the process is key to a quick recovery and ultimate satisfaction with your experience. Organize a support network of friends and family to help you in the days following your surgery. Develop a post-surgery recovery plan to ensure that you rest post procedure. Knowing that you have a safe space prepared with everything you will need will help minimize anxiety.
One of the most important relaxation techniques listed above is Visualization. Visualization in this case means imagining the procedure you are about to undergo.
To do this, find a quiet, comfortable place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Many people visualize in their bed before they sleep or after they wake up. Any place you feel comfortable is fine. Close your eyes, relax your body and do the following:
In your mind’s eye, see yourself successfully preparing yourself for surgery both mentally and physically. Imagine the day of the surgery. See yourself feeling calm and confident. Picture the surgery itself. Watch as the surgeon completes all of the steps perfectly. Experience the recovery process unfolding without complications. See the perfect outcomes in the mirror a few weeks down the road.
Going through these steps in your mind will help prepare you for your big day. Studies have shown that people who visualize success in this manner experience less stress and feel emotionally better the day of surgery than those who do not.
Part of good visualization is knowing exactly what is going to happen before, during, and after surgery. This leads us to an important part of your mental preparation – education.
3. Educate Yourself About the Process
In my office, we put an emphasis on patient education. I have found that well-educated, well-prepared clients have less concerns the day of the procedure, recover faster, and are ultimately happier with their end results. Our staff will ensure that you have all the information you need about your rhinoplasty. Please do not be shy about asking questions. I am always available and happy to talk with my patients about their concerns, no matter how large or small they may be.
I also encourage my patients to educate themselves by going on the Internet and researching rhinoplasty. As with any topic online, there are good websites on the subject, and bad. Make sure you are getting your information from reputable websites. In addition to my own website, sites you might consider referring to include aafprs.org, realself.com, entnet.org, and the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
4. Understand What a Plastic Surgeon Can and Cannot Do
It is important to have realistic expectations about your rhinoplasty. Studies have shown that among cosmetic surgery patients that are unhappy with the results of their procedures, the most common characteristic is that they simply had unrealistic expectations. While a rhinoplasty may certainly improve one’s appearance, it is not reasonable to expect a magical or miraculous transformation. In addition, plastic surgery cannot cure depression or other psychological conditions. Often, a successful rhinoplasty can boost one’s self-confidence, but this cannot be guaranteed for everyone.
It is very important to me that my patients are choosing to have rhinoplasty for the right reasons. No one should undergo a procedure if they are seeking to look like someone else, or if they hope it will completely change their lives. Rhinoplasty can certainly improve one’s appearance, but it cannot fix all of life’s problems.
5. Understand the Recovery Process
The first thing to remember is that the recovery process takes time. It may take up to two years for your nose to completely reach its final form. Every patient heals differently and at her own pace.
Your nose will be swollen following rhinoplasty, and it will take time for the swelling to go down. Most swelling will go away within two weeks. After a month it will be almost all gone, but it may take up to a year for swelling to totally disappear.
Immediately following surgery, your face will be puffy. You may possibly have black eyes, though I take special precautions to minimize this and other bruising. Many patients experience bouts of nausea during the day following their operation.
Cold compresses will be used to help reduce swelling. In some instances pain medications will be dispensed to ease discomfort. Homeopathic herbal remedies like arnica montana can help you recover as well. Your head should remain elevated for a few days, and in some cases should not be moved at all. It may be several weeks before you can resume vigorous physical activity, including contact sports. You may have to sleep on your back for several weeks. You probably won’t be able to wear glasses for three weeks. Most patients are able to go back to work within ten days.
My patients usually receive a packet of remedies to speed and aid the recovery process. This packet can include herbal supplements, vitamins, and the anti-inflammatory steroid Medrol. Other medicines designed to speed recovery may be given as well.
To learn more about preparing for rhinoplasty, contact my office today.
June 20th, 2014
April 3rd, 2014
New York double-board facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk was interviewed by WPIX about plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic. The article tells the story of a New York mother who went overseas for plastic surgery and died from a blood clot. Dr. Rizk explains how this death could have been prevented and why medical tourism is on the rise. Dr. Rizk believes the surgeon should have waited at least 24 hours after landing before operating on her and performing tummy tuck and liposuction. Patients who choose to undergo plastic surgery in other countries due to low cost, need to ask the right questions and do their homework.
Some issues to bring up during your phone/Skype consultation:
- Is the facility certified?
- Is the doctor certified?What standards are the doctors and facility certified by?
- How do the standards stack up to the US?
February 23rd, 2014
Dr. Rizk Lectures in Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty and Ethnic Rhinoplasty and Precision in Middle Eastern Profile Reduction
February 4th, 2014
January 25th, 2014
22 yo female who wanted just her nasal bump reduced. Patient underwent endonasal rhinoplasty and is shown one week after cast removal. No front view change was done in her nose as patient was happy with her front view.
January 22nd, 2014
21 yo male who presents for rhinoplasty for both functional and cosmetic reasons. First he can’t breathe due to a deviated nasal septum and history of nasal trauma causing a nasal collapse above tip from profile. Additionally, the patient has a drooping nose tip and hanging columella. The patient ‘s front view was not changed as he was satisfied with that view, only his profile.
January 13th, 2014
December 3rd, 2013
Dr. Sam Rizk was a honored guest speaker at the Harmonie Club on December 2, 2013. As one of the most experienced facial plastic surgeons in New York, Dr. Rizk spoke about the advances in facial plastic surgery.